Thursday, August 17, 2017

Less Than Five Months To Go...

No photos (AGAIN) from Elder Hale, so here is one from last week of Jonny at Lake Powell

Dear Family,

I totally have a million photos to send but I left my camera at home.

We have been having a lot of fun in the sector and in the office. Also I realized the other day that I have less than five months left in the mission. THAT WAS TRUNKY.

I got to be a secretary pentionist for a day while Elder Romero tried to take care of everything on his own.  It was sick.  We went to a zone in the mission that a bit more humble, Ochagavia.  I'd never been there, but it felt like I was in Haiti because we saw more Haitians than Chileans there. 

Anyways, I'm running out of time to write because I had to do some office stuff while I was writing. But next week I promise there will be more content.

Elder Hale

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Disappointment and Hope

View of the mountains

Dear Family,

Normally I don't like to tell my sad stories on the emails.

Nicol, our super awesome investigator that we found last week got another job.  Not only does she work every day, she works a night shift now, too. When we taught her she was certain that now was the time for her to receive the missionaries, but she has changed her priorities. She promised that later on she would receive the missionaries.

This one is crazy. Eimer, our Colombian friend, moved. Luis, his friend, was letting him live in the house with him. Luis had been recovering from an addiction to alcohol, and hadn't had a drink in weeks.  He slipped up a few days ago and his wife Elizabeth decided she couldn't take it anymore and left him. Eimer had to leave because Luis was a wreck and throwing stuff around the house.

Sometimes people make bad choices and there is nothing we can do to stop them.  But if we trust in the promise of the Atonement of Christ, we believe that anyone can be forgiven.

We will continue working hard here in Esquina Blanca, knowing that the Lord will bless us as we show faith in him and his atonement.

Love and miss you,
Elder Hale
This photo came up as a Facebook memory from three years ago.
What a wonderful day and an amazing trip!
FYI, Jonathan is now taller than everyone in this photo.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Miracles And A Water Witch

July Zone Conference

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was good.  We found lots of new people to teach.

We got a reference from the system of a lady named Nicol.  Nicol's dad lives in another ward in the mission and is listening to the missionaries. Nicol had listened a few times at his house and really liked it so she had the missionaries there send us her address. She is very receptive and feels that now is the time for her to get closer to God.

Last Saturday, a man from Colombia named Luis contacted us in the street to ask us where the church was. He's a member, but he hasn't been to church in a long time. He has a crazy story.  His kids got involved in drugs and alcohol, and one day, two of them were assassinated in a park by a gang. His whole family basically split up immediately. He sent his wife and two kids on an airplane to Chile and then hitchhiked all the way from Colombia to Chile. We were able to help him meet the bishop and the bishop is helping him to find employment. His wife came to church last week and loved it.

We taught his friend, Eimer, who is also from Colombia. He has a sickness in his leg that makes it difficult to walk and doesn't have money to buy all the medication he needs. We said a prayer together for him and when we came by two days later he stood up and shook our hands. He said the day after we left he felt strength in his leg and he walked with Luis and their dog, Princesa, all over Maipú.

Love and miss you all,
Elder Hale
Misión Chile Santiago Oeste

From Elder Hale's email to Kyra:
I met a guy the other day that believed in something weird. He thinks that everything is alive and that, for example, if you pray for a thing, it will do whatever it does better.  Then he gave us a glass of water from the tap and had us drink it and then gave us another glass of water from the tap and did a weird prayer thing on the water and we drank it and it tasted a little better, I think. Pretty sure he was a witch. Don't try this.